Chinese intrusion: India mobilises more troops in Ladakh

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New Delhi/Srinagar, April 23: The Indian Army has mobilised more troops in Ladakh days after reports surfaced that China had intruded 10 kilometres deep inside the Indian territory in the region and set up a tent post there.

According to a leading English daily, an infantry regiment of the army specialised in mountain warfare has been sent to Daulat Beg Oldi (DBO) sector in Ladakh. The Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) reportedly erected a tent post near the one set up by the intruding troops. The Chinese have reportedly intruded the Indian territory on April 15.

This is not the first time that Chinese troops have entered deep into the Indian territory.

A second flag meeting between the local military commanders of the two countries on the latest Chinese intrusion is scheduled to be held on Tuesday. Army Chief General Bikram Singh is also set to begin his two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday.

India had raised the issue with the Chinese authorities last week immediately after the intrusion came to light. The MEA joint secretary, who is heading the India-China joint working mechanism to deal with issues on the international boundary from the Indian side, spoke to his Chinese counterpart in Beijing last week to resolve the matter.

Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai had summoned Chinese Ambassador to South Block, Wei Wei, to discuss the need for resolving the matter, sources said. The Chinese side said they will look into the matter and respond accordingly.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi reiterated the comments made by the foreign ministry spokesperson in Beijing, Hua Chunying, on Monday. Chunying had said that the Chinese border troops always abided by the Line of Actual Control (LAC) agreed by the two neighbours. He said the Chinese troops had been patrolling on their side of the LAC and never violated the LAC.

Chinese sources said Beijing was always ready to work with India to further the coordination and cooperation on the boundary issues.

India's Defence Minister A K Antony said on Monday that India will take every possible step to protect its interests in the border issue.

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